University of Chester


The University of Chester was founded in 1839 by the great 19th-century prime ministers, William Gladstone and the Earl of Derby and a former Archbishop of Canterbury. It is one of the oldest English higher education establishments of any kind, pre-dating all but Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham, and its original buildings in the ancient city of Chester were the first in the country to be purpose-built for the professional training of teachers. Education degrees are now just a small part of the 477 course combinations on offer.
In the 20th Century, the institution steadily expanded its student numbers and the variety and nature of its courses, which range from Applied Theology to Weight Management. The University of Chester now recruits students from locally within Europe as well as overseas, particularly India, China, Nigeria, Turkey, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Thailand and Saudi Arabia.


Key Numbers

  • Average tuition fees - £9,700
  • Estimated living costs - £12,200
  • Minimum IELTS score - 6.5
  • Student satisfaction - 87
  • Employment prospects - 63.1
  • International student ratio - 5.6%



  • The Times: 81
  • The Guardian: 77
  • Complete University Guide: 91